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Friday, November 9 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Innovation Lightning Round 1

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These sessions focus on innovative or entrepreneurial thinking in libraries – new ways to solve problems, new technology or existing tech utilized in new ways, etc. It will feature five 10-minute presentations back-to-back, with a moderator for introductions, Q&A, and time keeping.

1) What are we doing? Capturing the uncaptured: workload data to demonstrate service. (David Brennan, McDaniel College)
Capturing service data can be difficult, particularly for technical services and electronic resources librarians – using standard tools such as RefTracker is cumbersome, and taking more time to enter the transaction than it actually took to perform the task is an impediment to gathering good service data. Services provided by these librarians are equally as public-facing as those provided at the reference desk, but are often not captured or reported. A possible solution is to use sent email as a data source for demonstrating services provided by technical services and electronic resources librarians. This lightning round demonstrates one such approach using the categorization functions in Outlook to classify, export, and report services. The data derived from this can demonstrate public-facing services and workloads related to technical services, and the method can be extended to capturing other service metrics.

2) Hey! We have that: Getting started with textbook affordability (Mitchell Scott, St. Norbert College)
In collaboration with the campus bookstore in Spring 2018, St. Norbert College (SNC) library began reviewing materials that had been designated as required for Fall 2018 courses. With a list of ISBNs from the bookstore, the library developed a Python script that harvested ISBNs from e-book MARC records available in the library and identified overlap with Fall 2018 required course materials. After identifying overlap, the library contacted faculty members with a proposal for adopting and/or offering the library e-book as an alternative for students taking those courses. This talk will discuss the collaboration with the bookstore, some basics of the Python script, feedback from faculty members on adoption and use, and how the SNC library plans to expand this into an acquisition model to ensure the library plays a key role in campus textbook affordability measures.

3) Technology-Driven Succession Planning (Julie Kane and Kaci Resau, Washington and Lee University)
In the past year, our University Library migrated from III’s Millennium to Ex Libris’ Alma/Primo. The transition to a vastly different technology was undertaken with deliberate intent – we understood that we would be better able to streamline operations and free up library staff time, no longer devoting the bulk of our resources to clerical tasks. Instead, we could turn our attention to more intellectually engaging, professional pursuits in concert with the strategic directions of the library. We intend to make good on those plans, though it may take longer than initially anticipated.

In this session, we will discuss our long-term succession planning for redesigning a traditional segregation of collection services roles. Driven by what we have seen as relevant to our small liberal arts institution in Alma/Primo, we posit that combining acquisitions and cataloging roles may be feasible as we look to our future, hoping for a promised, revitalizing spring.

4) Open Access Publisher Memberships: Who Benefits? (Paul Tavner, Hindawi)
Nearly all Open Access publishers offer memberships to institutions helping to reduce, or directly fund the payment of Article Processing Charges. This session aims to critically assess the benefits of these schemes. Are authors aware of them? Are they a factor in their decision-making process? How can librarians make choices about how to spend budget with newer publishers? The session will also look at some of the impacts of these arrangements on a macro scale. How do they contrast with offsetting deals offered by legacy publishers, for example? Attendees will also be able to share their experiences, and encouraged to think about how they would like to see publishers provide information about membership options.

5) A Dream of Spring: Creation of an IR Managers Forum (Christy Shorey, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries)
"[One] can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from [one] who knows." - George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
Sometimes it's difficult to find answers for work related questions. This can be compounded when one lacks the means to engage with a community of peers who face similar situations and problems. As institutional repository (IR) managers, we found ourselves with access to resources and listservs that didn’t quite fit our needs. Available resources were either a) too general in scope, drowning out a discussion of repository-specific concerns, b) too narrowly focused on platform specific issues or c) too technically oriented toward the details of software functionality and setup.
Lacking an appropriate forum, we decided to create a discussion space for IR managers. The IR Manager Forum is designed to foster information sharing among IR managers, regardless of software platform, institutional setting, or technical expertise. Using Google Groups as a platform, members can post and view threaded messages, either via the website, or by email.
These conversations have the potential to help individual managers develop their repository policies, outreach, workflows, and best practices. They can also aid in cross-platform comparisons to identify software features and limitations, larger trends in institutional repositories, areas for improvement, and future directions.
Within the first 24 hours the forum had over 100 members from institutions across the US and Canada, Africa, Western Europe, and the Middle East. Members include staff and faculty with various levels of supervision and administration of their IR.
In this presentation will cover how IR Managers from UF, UNT, Texas A&M, and UMass Amherst created the IR Managers Forum, lessons learned along the way, and its usage and growth over the first year and a half.


Bobby Hollandsworth

Economics, Finance & PRTM Librarian, Learning Commons Coordinator, Clemson University

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David Brennan

Co-Interim Director; Head, Technical Services & E-Resources Librarian, McDaniel College
David Brennan is Co-Interim Library Director and Head, Technical Services & E-Resources Librarian at the Hoover Library, McDaniel College. He received a BA in Communications from Gannon University, and his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to McDaniel, he was... Read More →
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Julie Kane

Professor and Collection Strategies Librarian, Washington and Lee University

Kaci Resau

Electronic Resources Librarian, Washington & Lee University

Mitchell Scott

Collection Management Librarian, St. Norbert College
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Christy Shorey

Institutional Repository Manager, University of Florida
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Paul Tavner

Head of Partnerships, Hindawi
Paul oversees the development of Hindawi’s strategic partnerships, including the institutional membership program and publishing partnerships with Wiley and AAAS.

Friday November 9, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Gold Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel